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The view from the Théâtre de l"Odéon at dusk. Photo: Françoise Deberdt-Meunier

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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Left Bank gallery crawl
> Open house at 50 galleries for Art Saint Germain des Prés. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Gold in galleries

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“Passage” ((2017), by Aude Herlédan. At 1831 Art Gallery during Carré Rive Gauche.

> The Carré Rive Gauche, an association of Left Bank galleries, celebrates its 40th anniversary with an event called ExtrORdinaire, featuring gold in works of art. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Literary evening
> The Nuit de la Littérature in Belleville and Ménilmontant presents 20 foreign authors reading their work in French. Various venues, Paris, May 27.

 English-language theater festival
> Paris Fringe returns for its second year of English-language theater and comedy. Various venues, Paris, May 18-28.

Hollywood glam
> Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich and more in classic films from Hollywood's Golden Age for the Glamour cycle. Forum des Images, Paris, May 3-31.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Etienne Comar’s Django, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, May 26.

Virtual reality
> Drop in on Saturday or Sunday from 2pm to 8pm for a free virtual trip at the VR Express festival. Forum des Images, Paris, through June 30.

Dance in historic sites
> Monuments en Mouvement offers free dance performances in national monuments like the Pantheon in Paris, the Abbaye de Cluny and châteaux. Various locations, through Oct. 21.

African culture festival
> The 100% Afriques festival showcases dance, theater, music, fashion, design, art, food and more from all over the continent. La Villette, Paris, through May 28.

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Art - Temporary Exhibitions

 

Paris Update What’s New in Paris

THE COMING INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

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3D-printed prosthetic hands. © e-NABLE/ Thierry Oquidam

According to the World Economic Forum, we are on the brink of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, during which “a fusion of technologies” will blur the lines between the physical, digital and biological. Technological breakthroughs like 3D printing and robotics will play a major role in this brave new world. The current exhibition at the Lieu du Design in Paris,“Impression 3D, l’Usine du Futur” (through July 9) explores some of the applications of this infant technology and offers clues to its infinite possibilities for customization and to the directions it will take in the future. Already today, a chair can be printed using one continuous extrusion, gold jewelry can be made according to a designer’s specifications, sophisticated hearing aids can be personalized for the wearer, houses can be built on-site from local earth, and so on. Designers, scientists and technicians are working on building more cost-effective and efficient machines. One notable and inspiring project featured is e-Nable, a worldwide, open-source community of volunteers that uses 3D printing to make free prosthetic hands (based on one made from whalebone, cables and pulleys in the early 1800s by an Australian dentist named Robert Norman) for children around the world. Each of the 70 exhibits in this fascinating show is explained in an accompanying video. Heidi Ellison